Written answers

Thursday, 31 October 2013

  • Prime Minister

    • City of London Remembrancer

      To ask the Prime Minister on which dates he has met the City of London Remembrancer since May 2010.

    • The Guardian

      To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his contribution of 28 October 2013, Official Report, column 664, what information has appeared in The Guardian on intelligence matters which the Government...

  • House of Commons Commission

    • Security

      To ask the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross, representing the House of Commons Commission how many parliamentary passes are issued to staff working on behalf of the City of...

  • Transport

    • Aircraft

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of changes in the number of A350 and Dreamliner aircraft flying into the UK's regional airports in the next 10 years.

    • Channel Tunnel Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many times the Channel Tunnel Rail Link has had to reduce its operating speeds below 100mph because of (a) power, (b) maintenance and (c) safety...

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made on the amount spent by his Department on cycling (a) between 2010 and 2015 and (b) between 2005 and 2010.

      Cycling

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport pursuant to the answer of 2 September 2013, Official Report, column 149W, on cycling, what estimate the National Transport Model makes of (a) the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total value of the maintenance contract for the Inter City Express programme train fleet allocated for service on the...

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total cost to the successful bidder of the east coast main line passenger rail franchise.

      East Coast Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what Directly Operated Railways Ltd's annual expenditure on leasing rolling stock for service on the east coast main line has been in each year since...

      Great Western Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the total value of the maintenance contract for the Inter City Express programme train fleet allocated for service on the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will allow a 12 week consultation period for responses to the Environmental Statement on the effects of High Speed 2 due to be published with the...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the cost of power to support High Speed 2 train services on the basis of operating at speeds of up to 400kph at 18 trains...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the rate of energy price inflation used for the business case for High Speed 2 is.

      Railways: Franchises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what safeguards exist to protect the contractual terms and conditions of the workforce when rail passenger franchises are transferred from the public...

      Railways: Passengers

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers per train kilometre are annually carried (a) on the East Coast main line and (b) by each of the franchised rail passenger operators...

      Roads

      To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the effects of the review of Local Transport Note 2/95 on policy and practice of devolved government in Wales and Scotland.

  • Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

    • Burma

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will include Burma in the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what reports his Department has laid before each House of Parliament pursuant to section 70(9) of the Charities Act 2006 in 2012-13.

      Colombia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2013, Official Report, column 761W, on Colombia, if he will raise with the Colombian...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what costs were incurred by his Department's estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

      Latin America

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to enhance the work of the British Council in Latin America; and if he will make a statement.

      Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has plans to visit Jaffna and the former war zones in the Wanni region of Sri Lanka.

      UK Trade and Investment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whose responsibility it is to ensure that all documents on the UK Trade and Investment website are consistent with overall...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will (a) raise with the Moroccan ambassador and (b) instruct the UK ambassador in Rabat to investigate the injuries...

      Western Sahara

      To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his policy is on establishing a UN mechanism to monitor the human rights situation in Western Sahara.

  • Treasury

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will publish all correspondence between his Department and the Welsh Government in relation to expenditure on High Speed 2 and associated Barnett...

    • High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Welsh Government has received a share of an estimated £832 million to be spent on the High Speed 2 project by the Department for Transport...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the value of each (a) project and (b) guarantee is for each infrastructure scheme for which a UK Guarantee has been contracted.

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 9WS, on infrastructure guarantees, what the...

      Infrastructure

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the statement by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury of 22 October 2013, Official Report, column 9WS, on infrastructure guarantees, in which...

      National Insurance Contributions: New Businesses

      To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many firms have (a) applied for and (b) taken up the regional employer national insurance contributions holiday; and what amount has been claimed...

  • Home Department

    • Antisocial Behaviour: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what information her Department holds on the number of Mosquito devices in operation in (a) England and (b) each London borough; (2)...

    • Asylum

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many legacy asylum applications are still outstanding; how many have been resolved in each of the last 12 months; and how many staff are...

      Asylum: Finance

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if she will provide information on using the Azure card in languages other than English; (2) how much unspent money was recouped from...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff at what level of seniority will work on corruption policy in her Department following the establishment...

      Corruption

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff in the National Crime Agency will be working on bribery and corruption; and what the level of seniority...

      Entry Clearances: Fees and Charges

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2013, Official Report, column 467W, on entry clearances: fees and charges, what discussions the...

      Illegal Immigrants: Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average fine currently imposed on rogue businesses employing illegal immigrants is; and how many rogue businesses have been subject...

      Immigrants: Detainees

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the cost of detaining an individual in an immigration detention centre for one year.

      Immigration

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases have been completed by the Older Live Cases Unit since its establishment within (a) three months, (b) six months and (c) one...

      Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were employed in the helpline sections of the Border Agency dealing with sections 15 to 25 of the Immigration, Asylum and...

      Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the (a) maximum and (b) minimum sentence that the courts have imposed under sections 15 to 25 of the Immigration, Asylum and...

      Immigration: Stratford

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were involved in her Department's immigration status checks in Stratford; and what the cost to the public purse was.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 15 October 2013, Official Report, column 649W, on Members: Correspondence, when she plans to reply to the letters...

      National Crime Agency

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent staff will be part of the National Crime Agency's overseas network.

      Police: Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 July 2013, Official Report, column 912W, if her Department will collate and hold information centrally on the...

      Regulation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the title is of each regulation her Department (a) introduced and (b) revoked in (i) 2010, (ii) 2011, (iii) 2012 and (iv) 2013 to date;...

      Theft: Motor Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance her Department gives to the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of British Insurers on responsibility for...

      West Mercia Police Federation

      To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to the public purse was of time spent by police officers conducting West Mercia Police Federation business during the working...

  • Environment Food and Rural Affairs

    • Flood Control

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he intends to (a) publish and (b) respond to the findings of the independent evaluation of the Partnership Funding...

    • Redundancy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assessment he has made of the likelihood of job losses at his Department's Alnwick office under the Next Generation...

      Trapping

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Penistone and Stocksbridge, of 25 April 2013, Official Report, column...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs pursuant to the answer of 14 October 2013, Official Report, column 457W, on unmanned air vehicles, whether non-core functions...

  • Scotland

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what reports his Department has laid before each House of Parliament pursuant to section 70(9) of the Charities Act 2006 in 2012-13.

    • Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to inform workers in the defence industry about the potential effect of Scottish independence on jobs.

      Sovereignty

      To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he is taking to inform oil and gas workers about the potential effect of Scottish independence on jobs.

  • Justice

    • County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) under what circumstances is it acceptable for a county court to disregard a practice direction; (2) what procedure should occur if a county court...

    • County Courts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what action is open to litigants in the event of a county court being unwilling to investigate a possible false statement.

      Criminal Proceedings

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what the average time taken is for each type of Class D criminal offence to reach court; (2) what the average time taken is for each type of Class...

      Magistrates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of justices of the peace were (a) male, (b) female, (c) black, Asian and minority ethnic, (d) educated at the University of Oxford or...

      Prisoners: Foreign Nationals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many foreign national prisoners who have completed their sentences are resident in prisons in the UK.

      Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

      To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time between submission of an appeal to Department for Work and Pensions on a work capability decision until a decision is issued by HM...

  • Defence

    • Armed Conflict: Libya

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many investigations his Department has carried out into reported civilian casualties that might have involved British assets during the NATO campaign...

    • Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost to his Department was of processing the payment of an invoice in the latest period for which figures are available; and what...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence which company supplied (a) gas and (b) electricity to his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Gibraltar

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what role the UK military base in Gibraltar played in Operation Ellamy.

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many civilians died in each military establishment in Northern Ireland between 1 April and 30 September 2013; what the cause was of each death;...

      Military Bases: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many soldiers died in each military establishment in Northern Ireland between 1 April 2013 and 30 September 2013; what the cause was of each...

      Military Exercises

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reasons his Department decided against purchasing land next to its Cape Wrath training range; and what costs were incurred in making that decision.

      Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the Government review of the MOD Police and Defence Fire and Rescue Service will take into account the physical implications of a higher...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trained and operational unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots there have been in the Army since 2004; and in which countries those pilots have...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Gillingham and Rainham of 31 October 2012, Official Report, column 297W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, how...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley of 25 March 2013, Official Report, column 939W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, what...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for Moray of 3 September 2012, Official Report, column 72W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, what the total...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Romford of 10 June 2013, Official Report, column 18W, on unmanned air vehicles, how many tactical...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2013, Official Report, column 798W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, if he will place a copy of the current operating...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2013, Official Report, column 798W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, which other aspects of the Reaper Agreement are...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 12 September 2013, Official Report, column 798W, on unmanned aerial vehicles, what the (a) location, (b) cost and (c) rank of...

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Afghanistan

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of targeting decisions for the UK unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan have been based on pattern of life analysis. [R]

      Unmanned Air Vehicles: Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what discussions officials of his Department have had with their EU counterparts on the supply of armed and unarmed unmanned aerial vehicles to the...

  • Work and Pensions

    • Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) how many people have applied to the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund to date; and how many such applications have been...

    • Child Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what criteria his Department uses to assess who the main carer of a child is when that child's parents live separately but share parenting.

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what advice about alternative support his Department gives to applicants for employment and support allowance whose claims are disallowed; and...

      Employment and Support Allowance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of employment and support allowance assessment decisions he estimates will be changed as part of the mandatory reassessment...

      Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the provision of communication and language support available for deaf people using Government services.

      Mental Illness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether his Department has signed up to the Time to Change Initiative to end mental health discrimination.

      Occupational Pensions

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of reports that pensions providers are refusing low-paid employees pensions under the auto-enrolment scheme; and if...

      Poverty: Children

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he plans to respond to the consultation, Measuring Child Poverty: A consultation on better measures of child poverty, published on 15...

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of people that have been (a) granted and (b) refused the discretionary payment with regards to the...

      Social Rented Housing: Housing Benefit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much of the discretionary payment budget available to those affected by the under-occupancy penalty has been used in (a) Glasgow City, (b)...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what estimate he has made of how many people will be claiming universal credit in April 2014; (2) what proportion of potential claimants...

      Universal Credit

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of universal credit claimants can currently make a claim online.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what steps he is taking to ensure continuity of service to Work programme participants during market shift action.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of those referred to the Work programme since June 2011 had been in receipt of employment and support allowance.

      Work Programme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how much was paid in outcome payments to Work programme providers in each month since June 2011; and, in each such month, what proportion was...

  • Culture Media and Sport

    • Arts: Young People

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many 16 to 24-year-olds participated in or accessed (a) dance or singing, (b) playing a musical instrument or writing music,...

    • Broadband: Northamptonshire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress has been made in rolling out broadband to the (a) towns and (b) villages in Northamptonshire.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how much her Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what costs were incurred by her Department's estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

      Football

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what meetings her Department has had with (a) the FA, (b) UEFA and (c) FIFA on the issues of governance and corruption in the last three...

      Leisure

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions she has had with local authorities on support for local projects.

      Public Libraries: Voluntary Work

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) what recent discussions she has had with libraries about volunteer libraries failing to pay Public Lending Right fees; (2) what...

      Sports: Barrow and Furness

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 24, (c) 25 to 39, (d) 40 to 60 and (e) over 60 year olds who...

      Sports: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what assessment she has made of the proportion of Sport England funding allocated to each funded sport which is spent on encouraging...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what criteria relating to increasing the participation of (a) women, (b) people with physical or learning disabilities and (c) people...

      Sports: Public Participation

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps her Department is taking to promote participation in sport among (a) women, (b) people with physical or learning disabilities...

      Tourism: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what steps she is taking to promote tourism in seaside towns.

  • Women and Equalities

    • Energy

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities (1) how much the Government Equalities Office spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; (2) who the provider was for...

    • Television: Licensing

      To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities if she will discuss with TV Licensing what proportion of people prosecuted for television licence non-payment are women.

  • Northern Ireland

    • Police Service of Northern Ireland

      To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the talks facilitated by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in Cardiff on parading and protesting.

  • Education

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what reports his Department has laid before each House of Parliament pursuant to section 70(9) of the Charities Act 2006 in 2012-13.

    • Children's Rights

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps the Government is taking to implement the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child—General Comment No. 17, published April 2013, on the...

      Education: Qualifications

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of pupils at (a) local authority maintained schools, (b) sponsored academies, (c) converter academies, (d) free schools, (e) university...

      Email

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education for how long emails (a) sent and (b) received are retained on his Department's systems; what the internal process is for retrieving and searching such...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps his Department is taking to reduce its spending on (a) gas and (b) electricity.

      Free Schools

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what proportion of free schools that have had section 5 Ofsted inspections to date have been classified (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) requires...

      Internet: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what steps she is taking to tackle cyber-bullying; and what financial support her Department gives to anti-bullying charities to reduce this problem.

      Pupils: Bullying

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education how many incidents of bullying between pupils were recorded in schools in each local authority area in the last five years.

      Pupils: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what his policy is on the use of Ofsted to inspect and report upon all arrangements for the teaching of deaf children in schools.

      Pupils: Hearing Impairment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education (1) what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of data sets available to local authorities for accurately identifying children who are...

      Special Educational Needs: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what education schemes he has funded to promote literacy skills for (a) children and (b) adults with a severe learning or physical disability in (i)...

      Vocational Guidance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Education what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of careers advice and guidance at schools and colleges of further education.

  • Communities and Local Government

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (1) how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; (2) which company supplied...

    • Non-domestic Rates

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which local authorities have used powers under section 69 of the Localism Act 2011 to grant business rate relief since April...

      Regeneration: Coastal Areas

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps he is taking to support regeneration projects in seaside towns.

      Social Rented Housing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on their surveying and monitoring activity within social housing in...

  • Energy and Climate Change

    • Climate Change Levy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will set out the levy control framework totals for schemes funded under the low carbon levy for the years 2015-16 to 2020-21; and...

    • Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what progress has been made on Ofgem's proposal for a secure and private operating licence condition.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what steps his Department is taking to reduce its spending on (a) gas and (b) electricity.

      Energy: Billing

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change if he will review whether charges applying to early removal from a fixed-term energy contract are proportionate.

      Energy: Debts

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the number of people in fuel debt in each month since June 2010.

      Energy: North East

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what the average change in energy bills has been for households in the (a) Borough of Stockton-on-Tees, (b) Tees Valley and (c) North...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment his Department has made of the potential effect of energy companies withdrawing their cheapest tariffs in order to...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people affected by price rises by (a) SSE, (b) Scottish Power, (c) Npower and (d) British...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the number of people affected by price rises by (a) SSE, (b) Scottish Power, (c) Npower and (d) British...

      Energy: Unfair Practices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many financial penalties have been levied on the six largest energy suppliers for unfair trading with small suppliers in the last year.

      Environment Protection

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent discussions he has had with representatives of KFW in Germany on green investment in the UK.

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many people have agreed a Green Deal plan in (a) Doncaster, (b) South Yorkshire and (c) UK in the latest period for which figures...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many households in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) nation and region of the UK have (i) signed up for a Green Deal plan...

      Green Deal Scheme

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change pursuant to the answer of 22 October 2013, Official Report, columns 147-48W, on Green Deal scheme, what criteria his Department plans...

      Hinkley Point C Power Station

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what public consultation and what meetings with stakeholders his Department has held in the Republic of Ireland regarding the new...

      National Grid

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many short term operating contracts are held by the National Grid; and what the (a) capacity and (b) duration is of each such contract.

      Offshore Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the number of workers in the offshore oil and gas industry who are employed using daily agreements.

  • Cabinet Office

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what reports his Department has laid before each House of Parliament pursuant to section 70(9) of the Charities Act 2006 in 2012-13.

    • Energy

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12; (2) what steps his Department is taking to reduce...

      High Speed 2 Railway Line

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will publish the Major Project Authority's reports into High Speed 2 before Report stage and Third Reading of the High Speed Rail (Preparation) Bill.

      Public Records: Northern Ireland

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what assessment he has made of the relevance of unreleased Cabinet Office historical documents relating to Northern Ireland held at Swadlincote to the...

      Self-employed

      To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were registered as self-employed for the first time in each (a) parliamentary constituency and (b) region of the UK in each month since...

  • Business, Innovation and Skills

    • Aerospace Industry

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps his Department is taking to support local supply chains in the aviation sector and ensure that such manufacturing...

    • Airbus SAS

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what funding from the public purse Airbus received in the latest period for which figures are available.

      Apprentices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many people in (a) Wrexham constituency, (b) Wales and (c) the UK started an apprenticeship in (i) 2012 and (ii) 2013 to date.

      Apprentices: Peterborough

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in Peterborough have participated in the AGE 16 to 24 scheme to date; and how many and what proportion of...

      Business: Females

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many businesses in (a) Wrexham constituency, (b) Wales and (c) the UK were owned solely by women in the last five years.

      Business: Government Assistance

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to support small businesses in (a) Wrexham constituency, (b) Wales and (c) the UK.

      Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what reports his Department has laid before each House of Parliament pursuant to section 70(9) of the Charities Act 2006 in 2012-13.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what his policy is on the prohibition of the use of zero hours contracts.

      Conditions of Employment

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what guidance his Department issues to employers on the use of zero hours contracts.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how much his Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills which company supplied (a) gas and (b) electricity to his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Local Enterprise Partnerships: Yorkshire and the Humber

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent assessment his Department has made of the effect of local economic partnerships in Yorkshire.

      Members: Correspondence

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he plans to reply to the letter dated 16 August 2013 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr...

      Mental Illness: Discrimination

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether his Department has signed up to the Time to Change Initiative to end mental health discrimination.

      Motor Sports: Silverstone

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what assessment he has made of the value of Silverstone Circuit to the UK economy.

      Natural Gas: Storage

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills whether, in exercising his advisory role to the Department for Energy and Climate Change on gas storage, he took account of the...

      New Businesses: Kent

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many start-up loans have been granted to businesses in (a) Gillingham and Rainham constituency, (b) Medway and (c) Kent to date.

      Overseas Trade: Sri Lanka

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what discussions he has had with (a) UK Trade and Investment, (b) the British high commission in Sri Lanka and (c) the...

      Post Offices

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials in his Department met the Justice for Subpostmasters Alliance.

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the oral statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs, 9...

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what recent discussions he has had with Post Office Limited regarding the Horizon system.

      Post Offices: ICT

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills when he expects Second Sight to produce its final report on the Post Office Limited Horizon system.

      Staff

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what proportion of employees within his Department on each civil service pay scale are (a) women and (b) men.

      Students: Lancashire

      To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many university students in (a) Ribble Valley constituency and (b) Lancashire are eligible for maintenance loans.

  • Deputy Prime Minister

  • Health

    • Ambulance Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from NHS hospital trusts on the availability of ambulances in the last 12 months.

    • Clinical Commissioning Groups

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what safeguards he has put in place to ensure that there is no conflict of financial interest between membership of clinical commissioning groups...

      Dementia

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2013, Official Report, column 809W, on dementia, how many emergency hospitals admissions in each hospital trust in...

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health which companies supplied (a) gas and (b) electricity to his Department in (i) 2010-11 and (ii) 2011-12.

      Food

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the total amount of saturated fat consumed by the UK population each year; (2) what proportion of UK food industry...

      Food: Advertising

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2013, Official Report, column 281W, on Food: advertising, when he will announce action with the food industry to...

      Food: Low Incomes

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department gives to families on low incomes on eating healthily.

      Food: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into reference intakes on food packaging and their reliability in relation to children; and what discussions...

      Health: Drinks

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of patients who have been prescribed protein drinks by their GPs.

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2013, Official Report, column 810W, on ICT, how many (a) iPads and (b) iPhones have been purchased and at what cost...

      Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 17 October 2013, Official Report, column 810W, on ICT, what each of his Department's non-departmental public bodies has spent on...

      Medical Records: Databases

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether electronic access to patient records by 2015 will cover (a) pre-existing patient records or (b) new patient records after that date.

      Mental Health Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of ethnic inequalities in mental health services; and what steps he is taking to tackle any such inequality; (2)...

      Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the recommendations made by Sir Robert Francis QC in his report on care providers by Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust his Department (a)...

      Multiple Sclerosis

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what collaboration there will be between officials working on the update of the NICE guidelines for multiple sclerosis and on the NHS England review...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2013, Official Report, column 765W, on NHS Property Services, how much money intended for capital purposes was used...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2013, Official Report, column 284W, on NHS Property Services, (a) what guidance he received that the identity of...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2013, Official Report, column 284W, on NHS Property Services, (1) which third party independent valuers and reports...

      NHS Property Services

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 October 2013, Official Report, column 284W, on NHS Property Services, how many of the 115 responses received for the...

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the security implications of a paperless NHS.

      NHS: Ict

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposed General Practice Extraction Services; and with what bodies and organisation he has...

      NHS: Misconduct

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS employees have been dismissed for misconduct in the last 12 months; whether the records of those employees have been permanently marked to...

      Out of Area Treatment: Wales

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the contribution of 25 June 2013, Official Report, column 282, what progress he has made on a review of cross-border health care arrangements...

      Smoking

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who smoke in (a) Glasgow North West constituency, (b) Glasgow, (c) Scotland and (d) the UK who are (i)...

      Telemedicine

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of telemedicine to the NHS; and if he will make a statement.

      Tobacco: Packaging

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on standardised tobacco packaging; and what recent discussions he has had on this issue with the Cabinet Secretary for Health and...

      University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

      To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department has received for a public enquiry to be held into maternity and neonatal services at University Hospitals of Morecambe...

  • International Development

    • British Overseas Territories

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much funding from the European Development Fund each overseas territory for which Britain has responsibility received in (a)...

    • Charities Act 2006

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports her Department has laid before each House of Parliament pursuant to section 70(9) of the Charities Act 2006 in 2012-13.

      Energy

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what costs were incurred by her Department's estate in respect of (a) gas and (b) electricity supply in the 2012-13 financial year.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discretion (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have over when and where Europe Aid directs aid.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which non-governmental organisations are suppliers of UK aid; and in which countries such aid is distributed.

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what role is played by the National Security Council in the decision-making process which determines which countries UK aid is directed...

      Overseas Aid

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development to how many countries the UK provides aid via Europe Aid; and which of these are considered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to...

      South Sudan

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment she has made of the development effects of seasonal flooding in South Sudan; and what steps her Department is taking to...

      Syria

      To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the proportion of Syrian refugees under the age of 16 years in each host country who are currently in...

  • House of Lords

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount spent on alcohol during 2012–13 by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    • Alcohol

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount spent on alcohol during 2012–13 by the Ministry of Defence.

      Bovine Tuberculosis

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord De Mauley on 21 October (WA 118), whether they have made representations to the European Commission to reduce the 10...

      Census

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their review of the handling of census data, they will ensure that all census data will continue to be available at the lowest...

      Companies: Entrepreneurship

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts, apart from the “Future Fifty”, are being made to encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom, particularly in...

      Companies: Future Fifty

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how companies are evaluated for consideration to be part of the “Future Fifty”; and what efforts are made to attract more applications from...

      Driving: Breathalyser

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the breathalyser limit.

      Elections: Northern Ireland

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances it will be possible for the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland to retain the name of an elector on the electoral register...

      Energy: Prices

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on the price of energy to British consumers were targets for reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2030...

      Higher Education: Undergraduates

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many undergraduates embarking upon a first degree left university without completing their studies over the last five years, and what percentage the...

      Homosexuality

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what instances they consider the criminalisation of same sex conduct to be persecutory harm.

      Iran

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the number of nuclear scientists engaged on the Iranian nuclear programme (1) before, and (2) since, the election of...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 10 October (WA 47), and in the light of the first progress report from UNICEF (14 October 2013) on the...

      Israel

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Government of Israel about the application of the European Union Guidelines published in July 2013 concerning...

      Justice: Cautions

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plans to ban the use of cautions for indictable-only offences, the possession of an offensive weapon, supplying Class A drugs and sexual...

      Kenya

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any (1) British-born people, or (2) British-based immigrants, are (a) under investigation, or (b) in custody, in relation to the Westgate shopping...

      National Minimum Wage

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 22 October (WA 145–6), what steps they are taking to enforce the national minimum wage;...

      NHS: Drugs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the NHS of drug price rises since May 2010.

      NHS: Energy Costs

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the NHS of energy price rises since May 2010.

      NHS: Fraud

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the National Health Service has lost as a result of fraud by (1) staff, (2) patients, and (3) providers of goods and services, in each of the last...

      NHS: Goods and Services

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost to the NHS of price rises in goods and services since May 2010.

      NHS: Sites and Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, where a hospital proposes to dispose of land or property with a view to reinvesting the capital receipts in improved hospital buildings and facilities, what...

      NHS: Sites and Buildings

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 October (WA 162), why the site of the Putney Hospital remained undeveloped between the closure of the...

      Prisoners: Education and Qualifications

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) NVQs, (2) GCSEs, (3) A Levels, (4) undergraduate degrees, (5) postgraduate degrees, and (6) teaching qualifications, were awarded to prisoners...

      Railways: Compensation

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether financial compensation is paid to Train Operating Companies in respect of free and reduced-price travel facilities on trains.

      Railways: High Speed 2

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of changes to the alignment of the proposed route for Phase 1 of HS2 made by HS2 Limited since the decision to proceed with...

      Roads: Road Safety

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to reduce road accidents.

      Royal Charter

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the present guidelines for a Minister meeting petitioners or their representatives to discuss items in a Royal Charter which is under consideration...

      Royal Mail: Shares

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to ask any of the banks involved in advising on the flotation price of Royal Mail for a repayment of fees if the share price remains...

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Russia about the cases of Vladimir Akimenkov, Artiom Saviolov and Mikhail Kosenko.

      Russia

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Russia about the investigation of the deaths of journalists and others, including Anna...

      Schools: Academies and Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advantages they have identified in excluding academies and free schools from the obligation to teach the national curriculum; and what disadvantages...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many free schools there are in England; and how many of those are affiliated to a particular faith, broken down by faith.

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reduce the number of unqualified teachers teaching and training to teach in free schools.

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent concern about the Al-Madinah free school, what plans they have to provide a framework in which free schools should operate that...

      Schools: Free Schools

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advantages they have identified in releasing free schools from the obligation to employ only teachers with a professional pedagogical qualification; and...

      Small and Medium-sized Businesses: Late Payments

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on their proposal to introduce legislation to curb late payments; and how it will benefit small and medium-sized businesses.

      Terrorism

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) British-born people, and (2) British-based immigrants, are known to be (a) in overseas prisons, and (b) in prison in the UK, awaiting trial or...

      Vietnam

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the condition and welfare of the writers Nguyen Xuan Nghia and Nguyen Van Hai, presently imprisoned in Vietnam.

      Young Offender Institutions: Education and Training

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many and what percentage of inmates of young offender institutions were enrolled in (1) GCSE, and (2) NVQ, courses in each of the past 10 years. To ask...

      Young Offenders: Family Contact

      To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many secure training centres and young offender institutions prohibit children from hugging their parents and other family members during visits.

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